Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ll be honest, I’ve not done well with reading this week. I don’t know why but I’ve just not felt like it. Thankfully, I’ve still managed to finish one, so I’ve not fallen behind schedule yet. However, I just haven’t found myself wanting to sit down with a book at any point. This means that I’m going to have to spend another Sunday reading. I’m sure that I can get it done but it’s not what I wanted. I don’t know why I can’t get into anything right now. It’s either the books I’m reading or the time of year. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve started playing Animal Crossing again. I just wanted to see what the latest update was like but I’m quickly falling back into the old routine. Need to sort myself out.

Book Review – Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’m getting back into the swing of things with Agatha Christie now. I’m back to reading at least one book a month, which is what I’d planned out for the year. Of course, restricting myself to what I can read has made it difficult to keep this up, so I’ve not read as much Christie this year as I’d have wanted. Still, I’ve managed to read quite a few in recent months, which has got me back on track. It’s always a pleasure to fit another Agatha story into my monthly reads, so hopefully, I’ll manage another before the end of November.

Book Review – Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had a pretty successful reading month in October, so it’s been pretty disappointing that November seems to be starting off so slowly. I was really excited to get into this one but it just took me so long to read. I had to have a huge reading session yesterday in order to get through it in time. Still, I managed it and that’s the main thing. I’ve just been so tired lately. It’s not as if this is a particularly boring story. In fact, fat from it. It’s just not the kind of book that could keep me awake at night. Thankfully, I had plenty of time this weekend to get it finished.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

books, films, rundown
Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

November is getting off to a slow start but we’re still only in the first week. It feels like we’ve been in this month for ages though. Time seems to be slowing down. Thankfully, I’ve still got a few days holiday to use, so I can take a bit of time off in the next few weeks. That will give me time to read and get sorted for Christmas. I’m trying to get ahead with my present buying. I don’t want to leave it until the last minute this year. That leads to bad present buying and too many presents for myself. I don’t need any more presents.

Book Review – Reprieve by James Han Mattson

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

If you ask the wrong person, you’ll no doubt be told that the horror genre is going through something of a revolution right now. That it is moving away from its traditional reputation as the trashy and pulpy outcast of the literary world. A recent article in the Guardian prompted some people on Twitter to celebrate the fact that horror was finally becoming political and literary. Well, that’s one way to admit that you don’t know anything about horror fiction. It also has nothing to do with the actual article. The basic argument of that seems to be, look at these minority voices who are now writing horror novels. Just because someone who isn’t white is writing a certain genre doesn’t mean it is only just becoming political. It’s just becoming more diverse and rightly so.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: October

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October is over which means another reading challenge has come to an end. I feel like October was a much easier month than September. I listened to a lot of audiobooks and that definitely helped. I even managed to finish ahead of time. Feeling quite proud of myself. Though it won’t last. The closer we get to Christmas, the harder it will be to find the time. I must stock up on picture books for December!

Bookish Post – October Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 4
Number of physical books: 3
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 7

5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 3

October ended up being a much better month than I expected. I finished everything with a bit of time to spare. I mostly did this by listening to multiple audiobooks when I was at work. I’ve always wondered how people read way over 10 books per month and I guess this is one of the ways. If you stick to shorter audiobooks, then you can get through so many in a week. It’s really something that I should do more often. But, what about this month? Here’s how my reading went over the past 31 days.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s been quite a quiet week this week. Mostly because I had 1.5 days off. I love a 3 day weekend but it seems to fly by so quickly. Although, it did mean that I could use my Saturday morning to finish my last book of the month without feeling as though I should be doing something else. I guess that’s another reason why I mostly read before bed. If I read during the day, I feel as though I should be doing something else instead. Thankfully, I’ve done pretty well this month and had a bit of time to spare. I don’t know what’s happened to me. Normally I’m panicking about finishing on time at this point.

Bitesize Book Reviews 6

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In an attempt to get into more of a Halloween mood, I decided to listen to some of Agatha Christie’s spookier stories last week. I was still doing a pretty boring task at work, so I needed something to lift my spirits. Nothing makes me feel better than a classic Christie audiobook. Seriously, I think even my least favourite Christie novels still bring me immense joy. She’s such a fantastic writer and has played with the supernatural in quite a few of her works. So, why not take advantage of the spooky season and indulge in a few?

Book Review – Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had to Google the Booker Prize shortlist that saw Graeme Macrae Burnet’s novel His Bloody Project competing for the prize. It was way back in 2016, which is crazy. It feels as though I only read that a couple of years ago. I definitely wanted Burnet to win but that’s mostly because it was the only one that I’d read. That doesn’t mean it didn’t deserve it. His Bloody Project was an absolute masterpiece in the way that it blended fact and fiction. I knew that this was a writer that I wanted to read in the future. So, I ordered a copy of his next book as soon as it was possible. I knew that it was going to be something big. But could it possibly be as good as his last book?